India’s 34-run loss against Australia at Sydney in the opening ODI despite Rohit Sharma’s 22nd hundred put the spotlight on MS Dhoni and his innings. Speaking to the press at the end of the match, Rohit opined that Dhoni would best fit in at number four in the current Indian batting order, Cricbuzz reports.
“Personally always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” Rohit said.
“If you look at his overall batting strike rate its 85-90, around 90,” Rohit said about Dhoni’s ability to hit the ball big. “But when he came out to bat today we had already lost three wickets and the guys were bowling pretty well at that point. So we had to respect that spell and we wanted to get partnerships.”
“It’s pretty simple with him (Dhoni), doesn’t complicate things, as he came on to bat we spoke about building a partnership because it was crucial at that point and it was great to see him come and bat at number five. We lost three early wickets but he is keen to go out there and bat and get those runs as well. So it’s a good sign for us that he showed he can come out and bat any time the team wants him to bat. And with him, he tries to keep things very simple and I am pretty similar to that.
“We never discuss about that target and we only wanted to bat and see where we go after 25 overs and after we got the 100 run partnership we decided that this is the time we need to slightly kick on and make sure that try and put pressure back on bowlers. Till then it was just bowlers dominating and hitting their lengths because we lost 3 wickets and we were under pressure to build the partnership so obviously that point we only decided that we have got to take the game forward and once we got the 100-run partnership the mindset changed and we decided to kick on and get 6-plus an over.”